Muskie girls lose to Eagles

In a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat kind of game, the Dryden Eagles edged the Muskie girls’ hockey team 4-3 in NorWOSSA action Saturday night at the Ice for Kids Arena here.
“The first two periods, the girls were a bit slow,” noted Muskie assistant coach Chris Hill. “They were flat and they weren’t chasing the puck.”
But after a second intermission talk with the team, in which Hill told the girls to get out there and have fun, they came back and played some real hockey.
After scoring the lone goal of the first, the Eagles extended their lead to 2-0 early in the second before Lauren Krukoski found the back of the net with just over seven minutes left in the period.
But Dryden regained their two-goal lead just a few seconds later.
The black-and-gold then came out with tighter skates in the third, with Krukoski notching her second of the game less than a minute in to make the score 3-2.
Taylor Meyers then tied the game on a penalty shot.
The Eagles wound not roll over, however, netting the game-winning goal with about three minutes left in regulation time.
The Muskies spent the last 1:45 of the game on the power play, and then tried to pull goalie Katie Stearns for the extra attacker.
But just as she was skating to the bench, the Eagles sent a puck heading right for the open net. Stearns stopped just before the blueline, fell back on the ice, and reached her stick out to stop the empty-net goal.
Unfortunately, Stearns’ slick performance couldn’t save the team.
“I’m definitely not as flexible as I was before the holidays,” Stearns said. “But it felt really good to make that last save.”
The Muskies were coming off a 5-2 win over host Babbitt in exhibition action last Thursday night.
Babbitt took a 1-0 lead but Katie McTavish and Cortney Caldwell netted first-period goals for the Muskies.
McTavish tallied her second of the game just before Babbitt posted one just seconds later to make it 3-2 heading into the third.
Sarah O’Sullivan and Carly Holt then rounded out the scoring.
The girls next will face the Kenora Broncos in NorWOSSA action tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.